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Cheerleader almost costs team the game

February 28, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A college cheerleader learned a valuable lesson - leave the basketball alone.

That's after he cost his team a couple points. It happened during the Pitt-Louisville basketball game Sunday. With four seconds left in overtime, Louisville player Kyle Kuric dunked the ball, appearing to score the final points in the game and winning it for his team.

But the clock didn't stop after the basket, which put the Cardinals up 62-57, and the horn sounded. Some Louisville cheerleaders on the baseline raced onto the floor, with one male cheerleader grabbing the ball and tossing it in the air.

Officials called Louisville for a delay of game technical foul and put .5 seconds back on the clock. Pitt's Ashton Gibbs knocked down two free throws and the Panthers had one last chance to tie, but Gibbs couldn't get off a desperation heave in time.

Louisville won 62-59.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.